I believe the one time they shouldn’t have the helmet on or the shield on is warmups. That’s the only time they ever get to do anything on the ice without it. I think that’s their right, their identity. That should be their 16 minutes for people to see that, ‘He’s got blond hair or sideburns.'
There's been some scary incidents in warmups recently. Maybe they should just skate slower, get some real face time.
I know players often resist protective gear because it's uncomfortable and whatever, but seriously.. it's your long-term health. Use it and you'll get used to it. It sure as hell didn't affect Robitaille, and it doesn't seem to affect Crosby, or Jagr, or any number of other elite players either.